Your camera doesn’t matter – except when it does

Your camera doesn't matter - except when it does

Your camera doesn't matter - except when it does

There's this specific narrative that gets pushed that your camera and photo gear don't matter all that much. That it is your imagination and your eye that counts for the most. Perhaps, perhaps ... but without the necessary gear to enable what you're trying to capture, you're lost. It seems so self-evident. I would  Read more inside...

Photographers – inspiration, and overcoming fears

photographers – inspiration, and overcoming fears

Photographers - inspiration; overcoming fears & maintaining momentum

It was high time that I updated my bio photo on my websites and profile photos. I wanted something casual, yet with a certain gravity. While at WPPI last week in Las Vegas, I was surrounded by photographers. I asked ... well, prodded and pushed my friend Annie Sullivan to take a series of photos  Read more inside...

photographers, you don’t know anything

I am probably the only person who will ever give you the following comments, but then again, I am probably one of the only photographers capable of looking at your work and who knows how little you know. You have no idea about posing whatsoever. Not to worry, most photographers don't know anything either so you are safe.  Read more inside...

photographers, what have YOU done today for your business?

photographers, what have YOU done today to advance your business?

How serious are you about succeeding as a photographer in your business, whether part-time or full-time? I know, I know, we are all serious about photography. After all, we all have a passion for photography. So there's that. But really, how serious are you, and what are you doing to advance your  Read more inside...

5 Free WordPress Plugins to help maintain your blog

The Tangents blog has seen numerous iterations over the past 10 years that I've maintained it. Originally it was PlanetNeil, which was based on an HTML template. Right now, my website consists of various Wordpress installations, spread over two domain names. It's huge! And it is a massive under-taking to maintain and constantly improve it. For the past few years, my web techie  Read more inside...

photographers … so you think P stands for Professional?

photographers … so you think P on your camera stands for Professional?

I know, I know .. it's a funny comment that P stands for professional. But somehow it always irks me to the extent that I just can't suppress my reply. Maybe it's the purposeful dumbing-down making it seem okay not to want to know more and continually improve. Maybe that's what gets to me. Still, I  Read more inside...

photographers – when was the moment the magic happened for you?

photographers - when was the magical moment when you first got hooked?

I'm sure we all have similar stories - how we got hooked on photography, and it became less of a mild interest, and more of an over-riding fascination. A fascination bordering on compulsion, where you felt you just had to take photographs of everything around you. What was the moment where you  Read more inside...

a passion for photography

do you have a passion for photography?

Are you truly passionate about photography? Great. But I need to have a quiet word with you about that, because here's the thing - no one cares. Truly, no one cares that you have a passion for photography. Probably not even your mom by now. Ever seen a guitarist shred like crazy? A glass-blower carefully creating delicate art  Read more inside...

you must have a great camera

your photographs are wonderful - you must have a great camera

There is an amusing anecdote doing the rounds as a graphic on Facebook and elsewhere - it's a quote ascribed to Sam Haskins. Now, if you consider the number of quotes that get propagated on Facebook that are ascribed to Morgan Freeman, I'm surprised Sam Haskins even got a mention. But I digress. The  Read more inside...

make your personal photography more than just snapshots

your personal photography - aiming for more than just snapshots

This just might be my most favorite photo of my daughter, Janine. It's from 2003 when she was 9 years old. I was trying out my new Nikon D100, reveling in being able to instantly see any photos I took. We were outside in the garden area of the apartment complex we lived in at the time. With a long focal  Read more inside...